|Applies to:||Original Policy Date:||Date of Last Review:||Approved by:|
|All employees||March 1, 2017||June 2022||Dr. Marco Carvalho
Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Owner: Office of Human Resources
The success of our university is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from our employees, students and stakeholders. We gain credibility by adhering to our commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching institutional goals solely through honorable conduct. Therefore, Florida Institute of Technology has developed a Code of Ethics to promote and maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and professionalism among faculty, staff, and students.
This policy applies to all members of the Florida Tech community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, contractors, trustees, and other members in the community doing business with or for Florida Tech. It governs conduct of all Florida Tech community members while on Florida Tech property, representing Florida Tech, utilizing its resources, or while attending Florida Tech functions.
The Florida Tech Code of Ethics: We act with integrity; we treat others with respect and dignity; we carefully steward the university's resources; we avoid conflicts of interest or commitment; we maintain confidentiality; and we comply with legal and professional obligations. We are individually accountable for our own actions, and we are collectively accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and complying with all applicable laws, policies, standards, and regulations. These standards establish a baseline for ethical behavior.
Guidelines for choosing ethical courses of action:
- Support a culture of openness, trust and integrity in all we do.
- Demonstrate respect for the rights of others and accept accountability for one’s own actions.
- Foster a work environment free of harassment, intimidation, and unlawful discrimination.
- Assure an environment of inclusiveness and commitment to diversity.
- Encourage social responsibility.
- Contribute to the body of knowledge and the growth of individuals through training, research, and the dissemination of knowledge.
- Maintain a productive work attitude which will include cooperating with colleagues, self-control, and recognition of new tasks and supervisory direction.
- Avoid any and all wrongful behavior including, but not limited to cheating, stealing, and lying.
- Accept responsibility for preventing, detecting, and reporting all manner of fraud.
- Protect and ensure the proper use of university assets.
- Transact university business in compliance with all laws, regulations and university policies.
- Maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted by the university, students, and the public to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Share confidential information only on a need-to-know basis, when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated.
- Comply with the terms and conditions of each university grant and contract on which one is working.
- Abide by university policies and procedures; disclose any conflicts of interest and take steps to mitigate or eliminate any that compromise personal integrity or that of the university, in accordance with applicable law and university policies. Consider and avoid not only any actual conflict, but also the appearance of a conflict of interest.
- Create and maintain records and documentation which fully conform to all applicable laws as well as professional and ethical standards.
- Comply with all laws and regulations which govern occupational health and safety and make every reasonable effort to ensure that students, faculty, employees, and visitors are protected from undue health risks and unsafe conditions.
- Actions involving theft, fraud, embezzlement, kickbacks, misappropriation of funds or assets, falsification of records, conflicts of interest, breach of confidentiality and other improprieties are clearly in direct violation of this policy.
Procedure for reporting suspected violations
Immediate Supervisor: Employees should report suspected violations of this policy, including violations of applicable laws, regulations, government contract and grant requirements, through standard management channels beginning with the immediate supervisor.
Human Resources: If for any reason it is not appropriate to report suspected violations to the immediate supervisor, individuals may go to a higher level of management within their school or department or contact the Vice President of Human Resources (321) 674-8100.
Employees will not be subject to disciplinary or retaliatory action for reporting a violation or potential violation of this policy. However, knowingly filing a false, malicious report will not be tolerated and anyone filing such a report will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
All individuals in the Florida Tech community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, contractors, trustees, and other members in the community doing business with or for Florida Tech are responsible for adhering to this policy and are expected to cooperate fully with any investigation regarding violations of this policy. Managers and supervisors are responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with this policy in their areas.
Employees found to violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action ranging from a reprimand to dismissal. Referral for criminal prosecution is also possible in appropriate circumstances.